This summer, Honolulu’s most prominent
mayoral candidates, Duke Bainum and Mufi Hannemann, appeared
in numerous forums to answer questions, clarify their reasons
for running, and summarize their plans for Honolulu if elected.
Kalamalama Faculty Editor Dr. Larry LeDoux summarizes the two
presentations he attended.
Bainum is running on a reform platform that
starts with eliminating the influence of campaign contributions
on city decisions. He would refuse contributions from convicted
campaign-spending violaters, establish an independent board
to review all city contracts over $250,000, and require written
oaths of contractors. Next he would remove any city appointee
who violates ethics laws and would prohibit them from soliciting
campaign contributions. He would then work to strengthen the
ethics commission by establishing an independent committee
to select them; the mayor would nominate them and the City
Council would confirm nominations. He would broaden the commission’s
oversight, establish independent funding for it, and give it
more power to prosecute violators, including a lower burden
of proof. Finally, he would expand ethics law training for
employees, strengthen impeachment laws, and establish a city
auditor and a fraud hotline.
Hannemann would, if elected, focus on restoring fiscal accountability
by conducting a general audit and establishing a “budget
for results” process; he would focus on reestablishing
essential community services: repair and ongoing maintenance
of roads, sewers, and parks; improvement of public safety through
improving salaries for and full staffing of police and fire departments;
improving transportation through coordination of ferries with
bus services; and handling waste management through recycling
programs. He will evaluate all services and projects on a “need
to have” basis, and will ask three questions: “Do
we need it? Can we afford it? Can we maintain it?” He will
work to revitalize private sector economic growth by filling
vacancies and employing consultants to ease the permit process;
making idle city properties available for high -tech and art
incubation centers; pursuing federal grants in areas of work
force development, job training, and construction.
Neither candidate recieved enough votes during the primary
to win the election out right, so both will face off during
general election of Nov. 2.